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The Oxford Book of French Short Stories


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This collection of French short stories in translation expands our idea of French writing by including new stories by women writers and by authors of Francophone origin. Spanning the centuries from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth, the collection opens with a rumbustious tale from the Marquis de Sade, takes in the masters of the nineteenth century, from Stendhal and Balzac to Maupassant, and reaches to Quebec, Africa, and the French Caribbean in the twentieth century. Women writers include relatively well known figures such as Renee Vivien, Colette, and Beauvoir, and newer writers such as Assia Djebar, Christiane Baroche, and Annie Saumont. The French short story is a rich and diverse medium, but all the stories selected share a common characteristic: they make exciting reading.

Table of Contents


The husband who said mass, Marquis de Sade

Vanina Vanini, Stendhal

The coffee pot, Theophile Gautier

The message, Honore de Balzac

The Venus of Ille, Prosper Merimee

Story of a Madman, Emile Zola

The last lesson, Leon Daudet

A Simple Heart, Gustave Flaubert

The Necklace, Guy de Maupassant

At Sea, Guy de Maupassant

Gloomy Tale, Gloomier Teller, Villiers de l'Isle-Adam

Knapsack at the ready, Joris-Karl Huysmans

The Lady with the She-Wolf, Renee Vivien

The Walking Stick, Marcel Ayme

Gribiche, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

The Wall, Jean-Paul Sartre

The man in the street, Georges Simenon

An Errand, Birago Diop

The Guest, Albert Camus

Monologue, Simone de Beauvoir

The Lily of the Valley Lay-by, Michel Tournier

Do you remember the rue d'Orchampt?, Christiane Baroche

The checkup, Herve Guibert

There is No Exile, Assia Djebar

The Negro with the White Shadow, Rene Depestre

The Underwear of the Woman Up Above, Frederic Fajardie

The Finest Stroy in the World, Annie Saumont

Public Transit, Monique Proulx

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Fallaize, Elizabeth
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Elizabeth
European - French
Continental european
Literature/English | World Literature | France
Literary Criticism : General
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5.1 x 7.6 x 1 in 0.625 lb

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